The hoop trick is a pretty commonly taught trick for guinea pigs. While there are many things you can adapt to make a usable hoop, it can be a good idea to make your own hoop too, especially when it can be easily used for two different tricks. Below is a video tutorial for making a hoop for a guinea pig that can be used as a regular or paper covered hoop. Below the video, there is also a written tutorial, with photos for each step.
Materials You Will Need For This Project
- 2 circular “stencils” one slightly larger than the other (stencils should be big enough for the guinea pig to fit through comfortably)
- 2 sheets of foam material
- 1 thin piece of dowel
- Hot glue gun & hot glue
Trace a circle onto the foam piece with a marker, using the larger stencil.
Trace a smaller circle inside the bigger one.
It should look like this after the first two steps.
Cut out the hoop outline.
Following the steps above again, cut out a second hoop the same as the first.
Glue the two hoops together to make one thicker hoop.
Glue a small piece of dowel to the top of the hoop,
leaving a bit of a gap at the top.
The hoop should look like this when finished.
How to Make a Paper Covered Hoop
First, cut out a piece of paper the same size as the hoop.
Using a couple pieces of tape, attach the paper to the dowel at the top of the hoop.
Simply remove the paper when you want to use it as a regular hoop, and add paper for a new training challenge.